Each month, Caribbean Queen at Palm Beach Plaza Mall honors one local female artist who lives and creates here. The Caribbean Queen program was launched when the store opened in late 2011, and has been running successfully ever since.
For the month of August 2015, local artisan Ana Luidens is the boutique’s celebrated Caribbean Queen, showcasing her charming hand-painted bags and purses.
Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Ana has been living in Aruba since the mid ’80s, enjoying a career in the local hospitality industry. Her interest in art was sparked after she married her husband, Carlos, and gave birth to her two boys, Eduardo, now 20, and Carlos, 13.
She started exploring her talents at paintbrush classes with local teacher Tico Henriquez. She further expanded her drawing skills with local artist Carlos Borja, who taught her the art of portrait painting.
Ana was instantly smitten by the shape and the expression of the human face and forged ahead continuously with more classes with different teachers experimenting in portraiture on canvas. By that time, she had evolved into an accomplished painter, and her kids became her quality controllers, rating and overseeing her work, lending total support to their artistic mom.
As of recently, Ana started painting on canvas bags and will be showing her first collection of hand-painted purses at Caribbean Queen in August.
Caribbean Queen earmarks a percentage of all sales for its Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World) program. The collected funds are given quarterly to local not-for-profit organizations in an ongoing effort to do good and serve the community. All the foundations served with donations from Caribbean Queen are dedicated to the promotion of art and artisan education on the island.
Enjoy these unique pieces by Ana throughout the month of August and drop in to witness a live demonstration of her craft at the boutique on the third Thursday of the month in the evening hours.